Welcome to the Native Sons & Daughters of Jacksonville web site. This site is meant to inform you about what the Native Sons & Daughters Program is all about, what the Timucuan Longhouse is doing, and convey useful information for program participants. Timucuan Longhouse is the local, greater Jacksonville area, affiliate of the nationwide Native Sons & Daughters Programs.
The NATIVE SONS AND DAUGHTERS PROGRAMS® were developed and are administered by National Longhouse, Ltd. These programs emphasize the vital role that parents play in the growth and development of their children. The original program plan of sons learning directly from their father was patterned from the tradition of some North American Indian cultural groups. These programs seek to strengthen the foundations for a positive lifelong relationship between parent and child that is mutually beneficial and satisfying.
The Native Sons and Daughters Program
This program is for the parent and pre-adolescent child. They incorporate age-appropriate recreation of light or medium activity, which revolves around a structured North American Indian theme, and are designed to strengthen parent-child, neighborhood, and inter-communal bonds.
The Native Sons and Daughters Pathfinders Program
This program is for the parent and adolescent child or teenager. They incorporate age-appropriate recreation that is more physically or mentally challenging, which places less emphasis on a program theme, and are designed to strengthen parent-child, neighborhood, and inter-communal bonds.
from a Dad in the program
Thank you for your interest in Native Sons and Daughters. While you are here check out our events page. We have a large amount of activities going on, including an annual Family Campout, Monster Truck Show, Jumbo Shrimp baseball game with camping in the outfield, and Boys & Girls Longhouses (campouts).
Our program is geared towards kids 5-12 years old. Our focus is forming a lifelong bond between a parent and a child. We complete events where whole families are invited and others (Longhouses) where a parent and child attend. The longhouses are separated by boys and girls. We are not a “drop-off program”. We are one of the few programs that require parental involvement.
I joined the program (like many Fathers) because I wanted a stronger relationship with my daughter and son. After six years of being in the program, I have seen my relationship and bond with my kids grow dramatically. We have had great experiences in the program.
Also with our program you only pay for the events you attend. We are a non-profit organization and are 100% volunteer run. No one get a salary in the program. All the money we charge for events is spent on events. We usually get group rates which saves a ton of money as well. There is no requirement for attendance, but I would tell you the more you attend the more you will get out of the program. Everyone is busy and will miss events, but the planned events help to schedule quality and quantity time with your kids.
Our annual dues are $45 per family (National Dues… mainly for insurance and supplies), plus $30 for each registered member (Local Dues… mainly for T-Shirts, Patches, and deposits for events). The program is organized by tribes or small groups based on age, school, and geography. You can see on our website many of our past events and photos. We have an activity almost every month as a large group as well as your regular tribe meetings that can be once a month or once a week, depending on what your tribe wants to do. Meeting places, dates and times are decided by each tribe.
All registration is online at CircleBridge. If you go ahead and register your family, you will receive updates on all our events.
I have been in the program for six years now, and my kids always have a good time. One of the first things I heard when I joined this program was:
“You only have 18 summers with your child. How many do you have left?”
This program has given me a great excuse to spend more time with my kids and engage in activities we can do together. I hope you will join us for a tribe meeting, and consider joining the Native Sons and Daughters of Jacksonville.
Dont wait! Sign up now! You won’t regret having lifelong memories with your child!
A Dad Spending Priceless Time with His Kids
Timucuan Family, Timucuan People, Timucuan Nation. A group of cognate tribes formerly occupying the greater part of North Florida, extending along the east coast from about lat. 28°, below Cape Canaveral, to above the mouth of St John river, and along the west coast probably from Tampa bay northward to about Ocilla river …read more
If you have questions, or would like more information about the Native Sons & Daughters and the Timucuan Federation, email us using the form below. If you have heard enough and would like to join our program, you can click here to register your family.
- National Native Sons and Daughters Program
- Florida Regional Native Sons and Daughters
- The Great Sun Nation
- Ponte Vedra Federation (Jacksonville Beaches)
- Calusas Nation South Brevard County
- Canaveral Nation (Boys) North Brevard County
- Seminole Nation (Girls) North Broward County
- Teton Nation (Boys) North Broward County
- Sawgrass Nation South Broward County
- Miccosukee Nation (Girls) West Broward County
- Weston Nation (Boys) West Broward County
- Eola Federation
- Talwa Federation
- Tonkawa Federation
- Other Parent / Child Programs